The Boot News Roundup: Tyler Childers Announces New Tour Dates + More
Welcome to The Boot's News Roundup, a morning rundown of the news country music fans need to know. Read on to learn more about the latest goings-on in the country, Americana, bluegrass and folk genres.
Tyler Childers has added a smattering of dates to his 2018 tour calendar; the new shows are part of the 2018 Stagecoach Spotlight Tour. Among the newly added dates are stops in Athens, Ga.; Knoxville, Tenn., and the iconic John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes, Texas. Childers, whose Sturgill Simpson-produced debut album Purgatory earned critical acclaim, will also stop at Portland, Ore.’s Wonder Ballroom, San Francisco, Calif.’s Great American Music Hall and more venues.
Sorry, old-school music fans: CDs may be on the way out. According to Billboard, Best Buy recently told its suppliers that it will remove CDs from its shelves this summer, starting on July 1. Despite sluggish sales, CDs still generate around $40 million in yearly revenue for the chain. Target is also reportedly looking at changing how it sells CDs, with plans to buy the discs from labels on a consignment basis. If the plan comes to fruition and the CDs aren’t sold, they would be shipped back to their respective labels at Target’s cost.
In recognition of his contributions as a composer, performer and instrumentalist, Mac McAnally has been inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. A fixture at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, McAnally is a native son of the Cotton State, born in Red Bay. A press release notes that this new honor is McAnally’s third Hall of Fame induction; he's also in the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. "The particular music community that is Muscle Shoals is one of the blessings of my life," McAnally says in a statement. "To sit at the feet of [producer] Rick Hall, [producer] Terry Woodford and [producer] Clayton Ivey, all the players I got to work with, change the course of my life in a big way."
Spotify has added a new feature that will give songwriters credit for their work on the streaming service. The “Show Credits” feature, now live on Spotify’s desktop and mobile apps, allows users to right-click the track they’re listening to and see the songwriters and producers who were involved in bringing the song to the airwaves. “With the newly launched credits feature, we aim to increase songwriter and producer visibility and, in turn, foster discovery among new collaborators, industry partners and fans,” says Tiffany Kumar, Spotify’s global head of songwriter relations.